Through this project, Pinearq developed a conceptual approach to the future of hospital buildings and how healthcare architecture can respond to global changes.
This collaborative research project between government, academia and private sector was promoted by ICEX (Spain’s Agency for Commercial Development) and undertaken by a team including the University of Tokyo, the Technical School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and Pinearq. All the projects developed through this scheme are compiled in V100 / Longevity and the Future published in 2007 by ICEX.
The project contains a series of conceptual proposals for the design of the hospitals of the future. These ideas arise from the analysis of trends in four aspects of healthcare:
- Demographic Evolution
- Health Expenditure
- Mortality Indicators
- Healthcare Models
Main macro trends in these four fields were identified through statistical study and documental research, analyzing their impact on current healthcare models. The research paid special attention to the scenarios in Japan and Spain, and their correlation with other OECD countries.
The final result is a conceptual proposal for the configuration of hospital buildings through a model that responds to the challenges presented by world population ageing, exponential increase in health expenditure and the evolution of digital technologies.